Darin St. George: Road trip to fitness
My friend Valerie often gives me fodder for my columns with issues she brings to our workouts.
Last week she told me, "I didn't exercise very much this past week; I couldn't make it down to the gym and I didn't have much time."
Here are some ideas to squeeze in exercise no matter where you are or how little time you've got.
Turn your hotel into a jungle gym. Your body is the only machine around that you can keep running at or near peak efficiency as long as you want. Why let your vacation derail all your fitness goals? Bring a portable pull-up bar with you and bang out set after set of five pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats 20 minutes before you go to the pool and you'll feel like a king or queen strutting your stuff for your fellow vacationers. Seriously, you'll feel great and maybe working out will keep your diet on track as well.
Be the bell of the beach and set an example. I just happened to bring a 16-kg kettlebell with me on my vacation, so I have my own gym with me wherever I go. By bringing along my little 35-pound friend, I can run 100 meter sprints, bust out 10 burpees, or squat thrusts, and then run 100 meters back for 25 kettlebell swings for one full circuit. See how many rounds you can finish in 20 minutes for some fun in the sun.
Why not wake up before everyone and see some sights? Let's get really basic here, folks; you're on vacation and you're probably somewhere with some beautiful views, gorgeous coastline or winding roads with quaint homes lining them. Now, I'm typically not a strong supporter of "slow running to take in the sights" because people take advantage of the slowing down part, but in this case, just get out early, run along the beach and be home before everyone wakes up. Get it done early and enjoy the day with your family.
Now we all know that we work hard all year to "deserve" these precious moments off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What I'm suggesting is for just a while each day while you're away in Shangri La, you remember what got you there and do some more of it; hard work.
Have a great week, gang!
Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his website at www.TrainerX.com.